How to Install DD-WRT in TP-LINK 1043ND?

June 22, 2012

DD-WRT is a very popular open-source firmware that enables many features on an ordinary router.  Due to this, we at NerdCrunch decided to do a post on this topic. We choose a TP-LINK 1043ND router as a test bed for installation of DD-WRT firmware.

Before you proceed through the steps for installation of DD-WRT on TP-LINK 1043ND, we would like to warn you that any power disruption or removal of cable during the this process may result in damaging your router permanently. You have been warned!

1 ) Open in your browser.

2 ) Click on Router Database menu

3 ) In Router Database field, search for TP-LINK 1043ND

4 ) Click on the ‘TP-Link’ under the Manufacturer column and following screen will open:

5 ) Right click on ‘’ and then choose ‘Save Link As’ option and save the file in your storage

6 ) Now connect your TP-LINK 1043ND with your computer. Please note that that you should plug one end of the Ethernet cable in LAN port of TP-LINK 1o43ND and other end in the Ethernet port of your PC.

7 ) Now type in your browser to access the GUI of the TP-LINK 1043ND

8 ) When you hit enter, you will be prompted for ‘Username’ and ‘Password’

9 ) Enter ‘admin’ as both username and password and then click ‘login’ button

10 ) The user interface of TP-LINK 1043ND will open. It will look similar to this:

11 ) Click on ‘System Tools’ option in the lower left:

12 ) Select ‘Firmware Upgrade’ and you will see the following screen:

13 ) Click ‘browse’ button and choose the file that you haave downloaded earlier from and then click ‘Upgrade’ button. You will see a warning screen pop-up. Click ‘Yes':

14 ) After clicking ‘Yes’, the firmware will start to upgrade. During that time, router will also restart and you will see following screens:

Please dont switch off  the TP-LINK 1043ND during that time or unplug the cable since these actions may result in damaging the router.

15 ) After the upgradation of firmware is completed, following screen will open:

16 ) Now enter the username and password that will be used when you access the GUI of the TP-LINK 1043ND. After entering these details, firmware upgradation of TP-LINK 1043ND is complete and you can use the DD-WRT firmware as per your requirements.

If you face any problem following the above procedure of installing DD-WRT in TP-LINK 1043ND, please put that in comment section and we will get in touch with you.

  • Oursenard



    Peut-on revenir en n’arrière avec
    un firmware officiel ?

    good eveningCan not go back to official firmware?
    thank you

    • NerdCrunch


      In order to get back to official firmware, you need to download a webvert file from DD-WRT’s official website for TP-Link 1043ND. Just upgrade the DD-WRT firmware using that file and you will be reverted to TP-Link 1043ND.

  • iLinux


    In the router database, the firmware file is only for WR1043ND v1.1/1.4. What if my router’s version is different, let’s say WR1043ND v1.8? Would that file still work to flash my v1.8 router?

    Thank you.

  • fefe144


    I upgraded the router with dd-wrt factory-to-ddwrt downloaded from dd-wrt webpage but after finishing upgrade the IP address is not available anymore. Coulwd you answer what the problem can be.

    • NerdCrunch

      You need to access the default-gateway of your router. This can not necessarily be

      If you are using windows, try running ipconfig command in command prompt and try finding default gateway IP from there.

  • Bilal

    Hi I have tried to upload ddwrt for v1 router is of v1 and it accepted the file but after completion of uploading and first restart, the router is not powering up properly within each 5 sec router is getting restarted again and again. and there is no interface showed up so. I also tried to restarted the router multiple time. what may I do now?????